Ahh teething. One of the delights of the human body. Although uncomfortable, irritating and sometimes painful, the teething process isn’t anything to worry over. In fact, teething is a sign your baby is healthy and well. Soon enough you will be helping them with notes to the tooth fairy.
Just like learning to walk or saying their first word, teething can happen when you least expect it.
It feels like yesterday when your bundle of joy was sleeping like an angel.
Today, they are miserable. Not wanting to eat anything, only wanting milk. You just cannot get them to stop crying. You will use more bibs in one day than you have since your baby was born - the dribble! Then you see it: the little white edge that pokes out over their trembling bottom lip.
Whether your baby sprouts a full set of teeth without fuss or seems to be struggling through the process, teething feels different to everyone. More often than not, the only thing you should be concerned about when it comes to teething is your baby’s comfort.
What is teething?
Teething is the process we all go through as babies developing our milk teeth. While entirely natural, every baby experiences teething in their own unique way. For some, the transition between a gummy grin and a pearly white smile can happen in the blink of an eye and with seemingly no irritation. For others, it’s not quite as pleasant.
Typically, babies begin to experience teething between the ages of 3 - 6 months.
That said, the late bloomers among us might not see a milky cap until their first birthday. Usually starting with the bottom front teeth (central incisors), your baby should have a mouthful of gleaming teeth by the time they’re 3 years old.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to force those pearly whites to emerge any quicker than mother nature intended. However if your baby and teething just aren’t getting along, there are a few natural treatments that can help ease their pain.
How good does a massage sound right now? Just as we love a nice, long massage to soothe our aches and pains, a good old fashioned gum massage is a natural way that might relieve your baby’s pain. All you need for this old fashioned, all natural treatment is a clean finger, and some light pressure applied to bub’s gums.
A super simple option, a soft, chewable toy is a great way to naturally ease your baby’s discomfort. Most effective when chilled, chewing on a safe, squishy toy or a damp washcloth can serve the dual purpose of comforting, as well as distracting. A few key things to remember; always choose non-toxic and BPA free when selecting teething toys, and be sure to keep a close eye on your bub at all times to prevent choking.
Eating soft foods, such as yoghurt or fruit purees may offer some relief for your baby. Serve straight on the fridge for a soothing, cooling effect.
Natural Teething Gel
If teething is causing your baby distress, a natural teething gel may offer that extra bit of relief. Brauer Baby & Child Teething Gel is a great natural alternative to paracetamol and ibuprofen based products.Based on homeopathic medicine, Brauer Baby & Child Teething Gel contains natural active ingredients to temporarily relieve the pain, discomfort and irritability associated with teething. Gently apply a small amount of gel along the gum line using a clean finger. For the best results, re-apply every half an hour until symptoms are relieved.
It's important to remember that this is a neccesary part of your baby's developement and that the discomfort is for a short period. However, if you are wary of using products on your baby these tips are an excellent natural alternative to medication.
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